About me

I am a writer and cultural journalist based in Florence, Italy. Born and raised in Mississippi, I’m now in my sixth year of Italian living, and I enjoy the (strangely complementary) missions of both sharing the best of my adopted city and country and debunking the myth of the dolce vita.

Since late 2013 I’ve been on the editorial frontline of The FlorentineFlorence’s primary English news outlet, where I currently hold a deputy role as Events & Associate Editor. Beyond TF, I co-authored the 2017 edition of guidebook Time Out: Florence. In 2018, I was awarded the Premio Famiglia Fiducia fellowship to pursue my M.A. in Italian Studies at Middlebury College’s School in Italy, where my thesis explores how the legacy of Florentine journalist Oriana Fallaci has impacted public discussion of the construction of mosques in Florence and greater Tuscany.

Cultural feature stories are my main focus. I also regularly publish profiles and interviews, personal essays, long-form reports, event roundups, and practical guides to local life geared at English speakers. All things Florence are fair game, but I am not a one-trick-Tuscan pony. I pride myself on my ability to quickly and dexterously grasp new topics and beats.  To commission me, please email grayme89@gmail.com.



Photo credit: @MarcoBadiani